The Fishing Trip by Norman Rockwell
April 26, 1919 Issue of The Country Gentleman
The Fishing Trip, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published April 26, 1919.
This was the eleventh cover in the popular Cousin Reginald series.
This illustration was also the eleventh Country Gentleman cover by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell painted thirty-three covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922.
This was also the first installment of a two parter -continued next week- cover series. Click here for the next installment - The Catch.
The Fishing Trip
Even though the title doesn't include Reginald's name, the characters are obviously city Cousin Reginald and country Cousins Rusty and Tubby. The only thing missing is Reginald's glasses.
Norman Rockwell employs several contrasts in this painting.
This painting was only one of 34 Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
First, Reginald is wearing his good clothes as always. He is wearing a tie, cuff-linked sleeves on a white shirt, and dressy looking pants.
Reginald also has the best equipment. He has a real rod and reel. He has a basket securely strapped to his back. He even has a fly stuck to his hat.
Contrast him with Rusty and Tubby.
Rusty and Tubby are both barefooted, wearing old clothes that have been thoroughly played in, patched and probably handed down.
Both carry fishing poles made from sticks, with no reel. Tubby carries their bait in an old tomato can.
How will the catch go? Norman Rockwell answers in next week's issue .
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